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Media, Libel & Privacy Lawyers Successfully Conclude Libel Case for Peter Cruddas

12 February 2013

Our Media Libel & Privacy Solicitors acted in the libel action by Peter Cruddas (City businessman and former Treasurer of the Conservative Party) against Mark Adams (lobbyist and political blogger) over blogs and tweets posted by Adams which accused Cruddas of being a criminal (for apparently being prepared to accept an illegal donation from a Liechtenstein based fund management company) and for offering access to and influence with Government ministers in return for large donations.

These allegations by Adams derived from articles published in the Sunday Times on 25 March 2012 which followed an undercover sting operation by two of the paper's journalists who posed as representatives of a global wealth fund and secretly filmed a meeting with Cruddas. They then posted very selective extracts from the film of the meeting on the Sunday Times website and published front and inside page articles making their own allegations of corruption against Cruddas. He is suing the Sunday Times over these and the trial is listed to begin on 17 June 2013.

Adams complained about Cruddas to the police and to the Electoral Commission after the Sunday Times published its articles and he also began his internet campaign. Both his complaints were dismissed.

When Adams saw the transcript of the meeting, he realised he had no defence. Judgment was entered against him and after an assessment of damages hearing in January 2013 the judge awarded Peter Cruddas £45,000 damages and his costs, and entered a final injunction against Adams.

Cruddas has also brought successful libel claims over these allegations against the Independent and Private Eye.

For more information see Defamation Claims or call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9081 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help.